New England loses a member of Patriot Nation: Junior Seau dies at age 43

One of the game’s best linebackers and one of its biggest personalities passed away on Wednesday. Junior Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler who starred with the San Diego Chargers before finishing his career with the Miami Dolphins and Patriots, was found dead in his California home by what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Seau was a relentless player during his near two-decade career. The 6-foot-3, 248-pounder starred at USC, donning the now famous #55 which has since been worn by Willie McGinest, Lofa Tatupu and Rey Maualuga. After garnering All-American honors, Seau was selected fifth overall in the 1990 draft by the Chargers and earned 10 All-Pro selections. 

Following the 2002 season, Seau was traded to the Dolphins where he struggled to stay on the field due to injuries. After a brief retirement, the feisty linebacker joined the Patriots in 2006, recording 69 tackles that season. He was part of the historic 2007 team that came up one game short of a perfect season. During his time in New England, he was known as a great teammate, leader and active member in the community. 

Seau leaves behind three children. We at Foxboro Blog send our condolences to his family as they go through this tough time. We thank Junior for his terrific time in Foxboro and will never forget his Hall of Fame career and contributions off the field. RIP Junior.